Phoenix Cops Expose Suspected Catalytic Converter Theft Ring

After a months-long investigation, Phoenix cops on Thursday arrested a man who they say is closely connected to an organized crime ring that has been terrorizing the city. 

The suspect was busted with 1,200 catalytic converters, which curtail pollution from cars and trucks, piled high inside a self-storage unit near East Washington and 37th streets rented under his name.

Detectives named the suspect as 48-year-old Shelton Ford, a Phoenix man with a lengthy criminal record. Records show 31 indictments in Arizona and California including aggravated assault, possession of narcotics, fleeing the scene of a DUI, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Read the entire news article. Phoenix New Times, by Elias Weiss, May 27, 2022

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